Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday. (Reuters)
Plans to turn an area of ancient Staffordshire woodland mentioned in the Domesday Book into a quarry anger conservationists.
Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.
Picasso Museum in Paris reopens after a five-year renovation
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Paris's world-renowned Picasso museum is reopening after being closed for five years.
Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media.
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Better protection is needed for consumers buying used cars, says a commission studying the high level of complaints against the sector.
The cost of getting a driving licence is being cut following a recent public consultation, the government says.
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.
Brazil's election highlights huge economic disparities
Authorities in Virginia identify the remains of a British-born university student who disappeared last month after a night out with friends.
One person was shot dead and four students wounded by a student who also died at a school in the US state of Washington, police say.
Johann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, BBC Scotland understands.
Fourteen-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal calls an end to his 2014 season as he prepares to undergo appendix surgery.
A complaint that human rights regulations were breached when the Formula 1 Grand Prix was staged in Bahrain "merits further examination", a UK government panel says.
Ukraine and Russia find "consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm.